Alex Kypris (b.1992) is a Greek-Italian artist born and based in Athens & Santorini, Greece. In 2010 he moved to London, UK, where he attended a Foundation course at the KCC (Kensington & Chelsea College), and later he graduated with a BA degree in Fine Arts from the University of East London (UEL). During his academic years he experimented with different art forms such as installation, illustration and animation. In 2012, he participated in the group exhibition “Previously…” in London. In 2016 he moved to Santorini to manage MATI Art Gallery. Between 2016 and 2019 he created a series of illustrations that he exhibited and sold in MATI Art Gallery. Since 2019 he has been working on new collections that can be described as wall installations, where he combines mixed media and layered plexiglass illustrations. In 2020 the art magazine “NOMAS” published his installations, based on the theme of “Time”. In 2021 he participated in two group exhibitions in Athens, organized by ArtNumber23 and The Holy Art respectively.
- group exhibition, Art Number 23, Thissio, Greece
- group exhibition, “Humanism”, The Holy Art, Athens, Greece
As an adult, I am still perplexed by the wrongdoings in our society while the lack of justice and apathy puzzle me. Disappointed with the consequences of human activity and social inaction, I strive to express emotions of anger and frustration. Through my art I point the finger at the culprits of our social struggle as I believe it’s important for the viewer not to sanctify them, or fall into apathy. My work highlights the similarities and differences between members of the same society. Adopting themes such as homelessness, mass immigration, the Church, religion, and the environment, I aim for the viewer to empathize with the main subject or contemplate the consequences of their apathy and inaction. Simultaneously I often feel the need to escape the tornado of heavy themes. Using photography, illustration and wall installations, I create art that celebrates the positive side of life; animals, nature, people, places.
“Cult of Personality” Collection
Through harsh imagery, “Cult of Personality” explores the rot within cult-like charismatic leaders, and how positions of power can corrode a person to a persona. With the use of plexiglass layering and box-like framing, the collection highlights how the masses deify, sanctify and “celebrify” people-symbols by placing them in a display case. A question is posed: how important is a leader’s body language when “hypnotizing” groups?
“Fragments” explores how the viewer perceives dimensionality in art while the theme examines the fragility and deterioration of fauna. Not belonging to a particular dimension, these works shift between 2D and 3D as the outcome of how the work is perceived is dictated by the angle of the viewer relative to the work.